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LSU's Orgeron: Wife and pastors 'coach' him in life
David Hankins, Louisiana Baptist Convention executive director, prays for LSU football coach Ed Orgeron and his wife Kelly as others join in prayer during a legislative briefing in Baton Rouge sponsored by the Louisiana Family Forum and the Louisiana convention's Office of Public Policy. About 200 pastors and others were in attendance. Photo by Doug Collier

LSU's Orgeron: Wife and pastors 'coach' him in life

May 11, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) – Ed Orgeron's coaching resumé is pretty well known around the country but not much is known about his religious life.

However, LSU's head football coach – "Coach O" – and his wife Kelly shared glimpses into their walk of faith amid his demanding career path during the 2017 Louisiana Pastors' Legislative Briefing co-sponsored by the Louisiana Family Forum and Louisiana Baptists' Office of Public Policy in the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

Orgeron, asked whether he had a "coach" in life during an informal interview with Gary Borgstede, executive pastor and chief administrative officer of the Church of the King in Mandeville, smiled in response.

"No question. Number one, my wife ... and Number two, Pastor Jacob and Pastor Steve," Orgeron said.
 
Jacob Aranza is pastor of the multisite Our Savior's Church based in Lafayette who once served as chaplain for the New Orleans Saints; Steve Robinson is pastor of the multisite Church of the King based in Mandeville.
 
While Orgeron made his statement somewhat to get a laugh, he made it clear during his exchanges with Borgstede that his wife is a strong spiritual influence on him and their family.
 
Using a mixture of humor and serious reflections, Orgeron described Kelly's strength of faith in the context of his failed bid to get the USC Trojans head coaching job in 2013 and his subsequent hiring by the LSU Tigers in 2016.

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